Installing Programmable Thermostats
Written by Todd Fratzel.
Programmable Thermostats Save Money
Installing a programmable thermostat is a very easy home improvement project and one that could save you quite a bit of money. Installing a programmable thermostat helps save energy by automatically turning down your heat or turning up your cooling when you’re asleep or away from home.
The savings from using a programmable thermostat will depend on many factors like the type of equipment, efficiency of equipment and the overall energy efficiency of your home.
Typical savings are about one-percent per degree set-back for each eight hour period. So a five degree set-back from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am would reduce your fuel costs fiver percent.
How To Install A Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat is an easy home improvement project. The programmable thermostats cost $30 to $100 and you can buy them at any hardware store or at Amazon, Honeywell TH8320 VisionPro Multi-Stage Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat- Seven-Day Programming, Honeywell 5/2 Programmable Thermostat. Installing a programmable thermostat is as easy as:
1. Turn off service switch at boiler.
2. Pull off cover from existing thermostat.
3. Unscrew thermostat from its wall-mounted sub-base.
4. Loosen wires connected to thermostat’s sub-base.
5. Remove the old sub-base.
6. Hold sub-base of new thermostat to wall and connect red wire to “R” screw terminal, and white wire to “W” screw terminal.
7. Drill new screw-mounting holes for sub-base.
8. Push plastic wall anchors flush into holes and screw sub-base to wall.
9. Insert batteries into the thermostat and snap on the cover.
10. Turn the service switch back on.
11. Program the desired on/off time and temperature of the thermostat.
In addition make sure you follow the directions supplied with your new programmable thermostat.
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